Below is the proclamation I signed today establishing tomorrow, August 11, 2011 as Blacksburg Baseball Association Day. I met with the team to offer our congratuations. This is quite an accomplishment for these young men, their coaches, and their families.

P R O C L A M A T I O N

WHEREAS, the Blacksburg Baseball Association exists to promote the development of strong character, the right attitude, and a sense of responsibility and citizenship in youngsters, using the game of baseball as a vehicle;

WHEREAS, the 2011 Blacksburg Baseball Association All Stars won the Virginia Dixie Youth Baseball District 3 Championship and the Virginia AAA Dixie Youth Baseball State Championship;

WHEREAS, the team qualified for the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series to be held in Moore County, North Carolina from August 12 to August 18, 2011;

WHEREAS, the Team is led by the following 2011 All-Stars: Ben Freel, Matt Freel, Cordell Croy, Davis Roberson, Stephen Case, Luke Goforth, Grant Johnston, Craig Weaver, Sam Helton, Jacob Lucas, Cole Epperley, Parker Epperley, Wesley McCoy, Colin Collver, Christian Vance, and Levi Linkous;

WHEREAS, the team is coached by Manager Brad Epperley, Coach Tracy McCoy, Coach Mike Freel, and Coach Mike Goforth, who give freely of their time to teach the ideals of teamwork, fair play and good sportsmanship;

WHEREAS, the families and friends of the players have created a positive environment and supported the team in reaching these accomplishments;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ron Rordam, Mayor of the Town of Blacksburg, congratulate the 2011 Blacksburg Baseball Association AAA Dixie Youth All-Stars on their accomplishments as District and State Champions.

FURTHER, I hereby PROCLAIM Thursday, August 11, 2011, as “Blacksburg Baseball Association Day” in the Town of Blacksburg and invite the community to wish the Blacksburg All Stars success in the 2011 Dixie Youth Baseball World Series.

Given under my hand this 10th day of August, 2011.

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